On This Day

December 1962 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 KGMB TV channel 9 in Honolulu, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 10 David Lean's film "Lawrence of Arabia", based on life of T. E. Lawrence and starring Peter O'Toole, premieres at Odeon Leicester Square (Academy Awards Best Picture 1963)

#1 in the Charts

Dec 15 Vaughn Meader's "1st Family" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 weeks

Film Release

Dec 16 "Lawrence of Arabia" film directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole, is released in the United States

  • Dec 18 WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music History

Dec 20 Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show

Film Release

Dec 25 "To Kill a Mockingbird", a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released (Gregory Peck - Best Actor Academy Awards 1963)

  • Dec 31 "Match Game" debuts on NBC with host Gene Rayburn

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Stan Albers, American actor (Curtis-Loving), born in Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
  • Dec 6 Janine Turner, American actress (Maggie in Northern Exposure), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Dec 7 Grecia Colmenares, Venezuelan actress (Estefanía), born in Valencia, Venezuela

Felicity Huffman

Dec 9 Felicity Huffman, American actress (Desperate Housewives), born in Bedford, New York

  • Dec 11 Ben Browder, American actor (Farscape), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Dec 12 Holly Gagnier, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 13 Karen Witter, American actress (Tina on One Life to Live) and Playboy playmate (Mar, 1982), born in Long Beach, California
  • Dec 16 Jon Tenney, actor (Brooklyn South)
  • Dec 16 Maruschka Detmers, Schoonebeek Holland, actress (Devil in the Flesh)
  • Dec 16 Melanie Smith, actress (Emily-As the World Turns), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 17 Giulla Boschi, Italian actress (Act of Contrition, Bonus Malus)
  • Dec 19 Jill Talley, American actress (SpongeBob SquarePants), born in Chicago, Illinois

Ralph Fiennes

Dec 22 Ralph Fiennes, English actor (Schindler's List, The English Patient), born in Ipswich, Suffolk

  • Dec 23 Kang Je-gyu, South Korean film director, born in Masan, South Korea
  • Dec 25 Dean Cameron, Morrison Ill, actor (Herbie-Spencer)
  • Dec 30 Paul Crowder, British musician (The Adventures), sound engineer (Wham!), and filmmaker (Last Play At Shea), born in London
  • Dec 30 Henry Cho, Korean-American comedian
  • Dec 31 Don Diamont, American actor (Brad-Young & Restless), born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Film & TV

Sean Connery

Dec 6 Actor Sean Connery (32) weds actress Diane Cilento on Gibraltar; divorce 1973

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 12 Leo "Syd" Sailor, American actor (Arizona Days, Waterfront), dies from a heart attack at 67

Charles Laughton

Dec 15 Charles Laughton, English actor (Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 63

  • Dec 17 Thomas Mitchell, American Academy Award-winning actor (Gone With The Wind; High Noon), dies of bone cancer at 70
  • Dec 23 Luis Alberni, Spanish character actor (The Lady Eve, Topaze), dies at 76
  • Dec 28 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (b. 1887)